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Frydenberg’s tax cuts are retrospective, but no-one will be complaining. Shutterstock/Mick Tsikas/AAP

It’s the budget cash splash that reaches back in time

It's a cash splash worthy of Rudd, and it will push an extra $3.5 billion into the economy within weeks.
Bill Shorten and his colleagues are offering a broad suite of policies, but little explicit mention of cutting out fossil fuels. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Labor’s climate policy: a decent menu, but missing the main course

Labor has ditched its reliance on a single economy-wide climate policy, in favour of a range of different measures that will all help drive down emissions. But some crucial issues remain unaddressed.
Pauline Hanson claims the Al Jazeera undercover “sting”, which has grabbed international headlines, was a media “stitch-up”. AAP/Dan Peled

One Nation, guns and the Queensland question: what does it all mean for the 2019 federal election?

One Nation, particularly in Queensland, has attracted voters who feel "left out" of mainstream politics. But the Coalition's intermittent courting of the party may end with this week's revelations.
In Tuesday night’s budget we can expect a last ditch attempt to woo voters ahead of the election in May. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

It’s your money they’re spending in this election-eve budget. Here’s how we’re covering the story

It’s your money they’re spending in this election-eve budget. Here’s how we’re covering the story. The Conversation5.73 MB (download)
The Conversation's editors and experts are off to Canberra for budget lockup at parliament house next Tuesday. They'll have early access to what the government plans to do with our money this year.
After the overthrow of Turnbull, Laundy said he did not want to be considered for the ministry in the Morrison reshuffle. Jeremy Ng/AAP

Liberal MP Craig Laundy confirms he will quit

After weeks of speculation, the close ally of Malcolm Turnbull confirms he will not re-contest his marginal Sydney seat.
There are thousands in the Australian community who say they would sponsor a refugee’s resettlement, but only if the program was reformed. from shutterstock.com

Community members should be able to sponsor refugees for the right reasons, not to save the government money

The current community support program that allows Australians to sponsor a refugee's resettlement is flawed. It exploits the goodwill of the community while shifting costs away from the government.
Since the Whitlam government in 1972, the major parties have taken a similar approach to managing relations with China, albeit with a few key differences. AAP/EPA/Roman Pilipey

No matter who wins the next election, managing the China relationship will be tricky – and vital

No matter who forms government after the next election, managing Australia's relationship with China will continue to be a major challenge, and vitally important in a region remaking itself.

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